I’ve added a new tool to the TetonPath lineup, called TPSay. It’s a WordPress blog devoted to my ramblings about the upcoming Eclipse. Check it out!

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Beach Eclipse

This is what it’s going to look like when the Eclipse hits the Oregon Coast just north of Fishing Rock.

Here’s the original.

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Parade 2017

Steph and I did the Victor Independence Day parade today. I was determined not to stand on the front line and photograph every entry in the parade like I do every year, and I succeeded. I just laid back with the camera zoomed out so I could shoot beyond the candy heads rushing into the streets, and grabbed a few shots. I also took pleasure in knowing that I transported at least a third of the gymnastics girls from school to the gym last year and they did this old bus driver proud.

Click the photo below to see what I got…

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I finished up the latest tool in the TetonPath utility collection today. It’s a weather app devoted specifically to Teton Valley called TPWea.

There’s a lot of cool stuff going on here, from the fading header image, to the animated weather icon, to some great charts and a smart implementation.

The weather data is from the Dark Sky ( API and I’ve developed a structure that consolidates their extensive amount of weather information and stores it in a database on my server, every five minutes. The API has a 1,000 hit limit per day which could be met quickly if a lot of users accessed it directly. My technique hits it a maximum of 288 times in a 24 hour period, and stores it for consumption by the many…

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Balloons 2017

Steph and I mosied on down to the Fairgrounds early this morning to watch the Balloon Launch. Mountain Country Propane has snagged the event away from Suburban so no free rides today. The morning was nice and the sky was clear and you can see seventy photos that I took by clicking the photo below.

Here’s Steph’s take: (Click photo for a few more…)

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Hot Springing

Driving through Central Oregon late Sunday afternoon, somewhere between Springfield and Sisters, looking for a campground to settle into, when the thought struck me. Maybe there’s a hot springs around here? I fired up the search feature on my amazing Garmin GPS, started typed in “Hot” and up popped Belknap Hot Springs, 12 miles ahead. Oh sure, I thought, no way I could be so lucky. My back was sore from a lot of driving and I sure could use a soak so it was worth venturing off the road to check it out. Maybe they were open on a Sunday? This ain’t Mormon land so the chances were good, if they were still in business. Maybe they had campsites? Is my serendipity such that I could actually soak and stay?

When I pulled in I found it to be big and classy, no run down hick hot springs here. The front desk was like a 3 star hotel and the lady found me the very last RV spot available and she was surprised it was open. They even had two hot pools, one for the general public and one for the RV guests, of which I was suddenly one. After the tepid 99 degrees of Norris (they want the people to stay in longer so they can sell more beer) the 104 did wonders for my back.

So there I was in the canopy of my travel truck with a raging river at my feet writing this post (without internet unfortunately, too far from the main building). I’d had three separate soaks, a good shower, a dinner of cold organic beans with white tuna, and dark chocolate for dessert. Life don’t get much better, I thought…

But wait! The next day I was more direct in pursuing a hot springs to camp out in. I recalled a fine time I had at Miracle Hot Springs a few years back when I had to pick Steph up at the Boise airport. It’s only an hour from the airport and I stayed there the night before. So, I called them from the freeway as I was passing through Boise and they said spots were available. I asked about wifi and the girl said no but their other operation down the road did, so she set me up there. When I arrived I got a nice little spot for $15 and a senior discount all day soak for $6.50. Now here’s the kicker. After setting up camp I came back to the pool to soak and asked about the warmest spot. It turns out the pool is just a large communal warm swimming pool, but it didn’t matter, since they recommended I shoot over to Miracle (just down the road) and get a private room since I was already checked in, and a senior. Really?

Sure enough, for no extra charge I got my own room until 1700 (it was 1530 when I checked in). There was a hose bringing in hot water straight from the springs and before long I had it up around 110° and I was cooking my naked ass off in private. OK, kaboom, it just got way better! Total price for the whole package, including campsite: $21.50.

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Point Of Entry

I was on the Oregon Coast last Sunday and I decided to find the point of entry for the 2017 Great American Eclipse, according to my program TetonPath‘s interpretation of NASA’s data. My GPS guided me right to it, a nice little State Park called Fishing Rock, and I doubt if most people living there know the importance of this location.

Click the image below for the map:

I hiked out onto the point and took these shots. Here’s Fishing Rock: (Looks like a man and his dog awaiting the big event…)

On the rock:

To the South:

To the North: (actual crossing point…)

Here’s one more shot to the South…

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Blacked Out

I’ve got my truck canopy totally blacked out now and I’m packed and ready to roll. I had Driggs Tire throw a stock muffler on this morning and she sounds pretty good. It’s not a high-performance model but it has quieted my roaring engine down a lot.

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Muffler Madness

My mechanic recommended Art’s Muffler in Idaho Falls to install a nice little Flow-Master onto my sweet sounding exhaust system so I called them yesterday and made an appointment for 0800 this morning. When I got there the asshole at the counter told me that nobody wrote my appointment down, they were booked solid and he told me to come back another day. Really, after a 1.5 hour drive?

There were several techs standing in front of the place, I could tell they worked there because they just had this muffler guy look about them, but they had no time for me today. Oh well, with the brake work I was going to get done on top of it they just lost out on several hundred of my hard-earned bucks!

So screw you Art’s Muffler in Idaho Falls! May this blog post float to the top of a Google search and haunt your sorry ass forever.

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My new tool TPDca is done. It’s the latest member of the family of apps built around my eclipse program TetonPath. The Dca stands for Distance calculator and it contains some cool polyline geometry to play with around Teton Valley.

I also determined that our backyard is just 5.57 miles from the direct epicenter of the Path of Totality. How sweet is that!

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